242 LETTERS FROM THE Walter Boyd and Mr. Ker are packed off with every species of emigrants. Barth6lemy is on his way to God knows where. I am extremely hurried by the number of letters my prisoners write to me, in dread of the cartel not being rati- fied, and their being left without pay or clothes. On the 4th, by a particular arrete, a commis- sioner was sent here to offer me the release of Sir Sidney Smith, if I would sign their proposals conditionally. This I did directly, as it was no binding engagement. However, the great events of that very day have probably engrossed the thoughts of the Government too much to get this matter finished, and I wait with impatience for further communication. The Admiralty has stopped the cartel, and forbidden the release of any more French prisoners, because it has received infor- mation, I know not from whom, that the British prisoners had been taken out of the cartel ships at Nantes, and that Major Hull and another officer, though provided with passports and their baggage on board, had been disembarked and thrown into close confinement. Now, it happens that I this day received a letter from Major Hull, in consequence of which the Director Barth61emy, the De- puties Barb6, Marbois, Trongon, Ducoudray, Ramel, Carnot and others, were condemned to transportation to Cayenne.